Surgeons Repair Form of Spina Bifida For the First Time

The Americans have been doing this for a while.

Oh – whatever the Americans do, Canada cannot, it seems:

For the first time in Canada, a team of surgeons has successfully performed in-utero surgery to repair a form of spina bifida, two Toronto hospitals say. …

On June 4, a joint team of doctors and nurses from Mount Sinai and SickKids performed the surgery, when Eiko was at 25 weeks gestation. Her mother was given a general anesthetic, and the team inserted a needle through her abdomen to temporarily anesthetize and paralyze the fetus. 

They then made incisions into the uterus to reach the fetus and close the skin over the spinal defect. The team also replaced amniotic fluid lost from the uterus during the procedure through a catheter — a critical step to keeping the fetus healthy. 

More than two months later, on Aug. 19., Eiko was born by caesarean section. 

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Welcome to 1998! 😉

    • This is not a new procedure. Why couldn’t it have been duplicated when it first came out?

      We are a backward country.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        You certainly are not a backwards nation, but when it comes to some aspects of medicine you do some things that leave us Yanks scratching our heads.
        Why do you sometimes do not have enough infant incubators?
        Why does your entire country have less and older medical imagery hardware than the state of Michigan?

        • Because we are a backward nation.

          There should be no reason with our resources and trained professionals that a surgery like this is ground-breaking.

          MRIs are available only if they are privately paid for. Unless a wealthy donor coughs up some cash, people are without MRIs.

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            How do you not have a couple of CATs & MRIs in every hospital?
            They are under a half-million or so a pop now.
            Do you do everything with X-rays?
            Even some of our dentists are using dedicated CT scans now.

          • Yes, we have x-rays.

            See here for CTs:


            Waiting times:

            “Patients also experience significant waiting times for various
            diagnostic technologies across the provinces. This year, Canadians could
            expect to wait 3.7 weeks for a computed tomography (CT) scan, 11.1
            weeks for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and 4.0 weeks for an


          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            Wow, I just had all those things!
            The ultrasound is walk-up and same day as ordered if you want.
            The CTs and the MRIs had to be scheduled two days in advance, but if the Dr. “stats” the test then it’s walk-up too, but with scheduling it’s two to three days, but next day if you don’t mind coming in either early or later in the day.
            11 weeks for an MRI is just nuts.

          • Not in this country.

            My dad had to wait for an MRI, weeks at first and then hours.

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            So sorry.

          • He’s alright now but he should never have had to wait. No one should.

  • felis gracilis

    Lisa Laflamme was all a-bubble over this last night. Too bad there’s no cure yet for news anchor loghorrea

    • andycanuck

      Treatment .303 would work wonders but then I’m not a doctor.

      • Blacksmith

        And it is cost effective too 😉

  • andycanuck

    So you can get the surgery done and still abort “it”! What a wonderful time to be alive!

  • deplorabledave

    I did not know that the head dyke was a surgeon.

  • BillyHW

    Pro-choicers go straight to hell when they die, and they stay their burning for all eternity.